October 21, 2018

WELCOME TO OUR NEW PRIESTS AND TO ALL PARISH MEMBERS IN THE LOWER ALLEGHENY VALLEY
    May the Lord Jesus bless us all!   This is the time of our new beginning here in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh!   Every parish is being joined to its neighboring parishes in order to form larger and stronger communities of Catholic Christians here in our local diocesan church.
    Saint Scholastica Parish welcomes all the members and families of our four local parishes as the Lower Allegheny Valley becomes one parish over the next three years!
    We also welcome the three priests who will serve and lead this consolidated community:
                —Father Dale DeNinno will serve as the Administrator and will reside at Saint Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township;
                —Father Paul Merkovsky will be a Vicar and will reside here at Saint Scholastica Parish;
                —Father Michael Decewicz will also be a Vicar and will reside at Madonna of Jerusalem Parish in Sharpsburg.
                —Deacon Robert Wertz will also serve these four parishes.
    We welcome our new priests and all those within this consolidated community of disciples.  More information will be given to all in the coming weeks!

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
    World Mission Sunday is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. Today’s second collection will support catechetical programs, seminaries, Religious Communities, and the building of chapels, churches, orphanages and schools throughout the world.

THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS   
    The feast of All Saints on Thursday, November 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Mass will be held at St. Scholastica at 10:00am and 7:00pm on November 1.

MANY THANKS TO FATHER SEAN HOGAN
    We’re all very grateful to Father Hogan for his 23 years of Sunday visits for our parish Liturgies.  Father Hogan will continue in his ministry at Duquesne University.  If you’d like to send a note of thanks to Father Hogan, his address is:
                                Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
                                Trinity Hall
                                Duquesne University
                                Pittsburgh, PA  15282.

    MANY THANKS FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     As I conclude these 4 1/2 years as pastor of Saint Scholastica Parish, I would like to once again thank all members and families of this community for your support and goodness.  It’s been a privilege to serve you as the pastor.   Also, many thanks you to those who were able to participate in last week’s farewell event.  I’m truly grateful.  May the Lord bless you, your new priests, and all people of the new grouping of four parishes here in the Lower Allegheny Valley.
     My new home and address will be:
                  Reverend James Torquato
                  Saint Ferdinand Catholic Parish
                  2535  Rochester Road
                  Cranberry Township, PA  16066
                         Telephone (724) 776-2888
                         Email   jtorquato@diopitt.org

May the Lord bless you always!—Father Jim Torquato

THE NEW CONSOLIDATED LITURGY SCHEDULE
    This is the Liturgy schedule for our new four parish grouping as of Monday, October 15.
     This interim schedule will begins now, and then this interim schedule will be reviewed after Easter 2019.

Saturday evening        4:00pm   Saint Joseph Church
                                       4:30pm   Madonna Church
                                       5:00pm   St. Scholastica Church

Sunday morning          8:00am   St. Francis, Harmar Twp.
                                       9:00am   St. Joseph Church
                                       9:30am   St. Scholastica Church
                                      10:00am  St. Edward Church
                                      11:00am  St. Joseph Church
                                      11:30am  St. Mary Church
                                      12:00pm  St. Scholastica Church

Weekdays       8:00am   Mon.– Fri.  St. Joseph Church
                         9:00am   M, T, W   Madonna Church
                         9:00am   Th, F, S   St. Edward Church
                        10:00am  Mon.—Fri.  St. Scholastica

Confessions / Reconciliation Times
Wednesdays       6:30pm     Saint Scholastica Church
Saturdays            9:30am     Saint Edward Church
Saturdays            3:30pm     Madonna of Jerusalem Church
 

FAITH FORMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

FAITH FORMATION FOR EVERYONE!
    From the time of our Baptism, each one of us is called to be formed in our Catholic Christian Faith.  Our consolidated group of parishes will provide a full continuum of Faith Formation for families, children, and adults for all those in our four parishes.
    Our Faith Formation staff overseeing all our programs includes Mrs. Delia Barr—Faith Formation Director,  Miss Meredith Troyan—Youth Ministry Director,  Mr. Andy Bechman—Adult Faith Formation Director, and Mrs. Gina Musser—program  assistant. 
    Our consolidated parishes will offer Faith Formation programs throughout the year.  Please stay tuned and information will be shared with you throughout the year.  May the Lord Jesus give everyone a good year as we come together in our Catholic faith and life!

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Beginning today, when the Sunday morning Liturgy begins at 9:30am, the Children’s Liturgy of the Word will take place at our new 9:30am Liturgy.  Children ages 4-10 and their parents are welcome.  You’ll be directed to the Hall after the Opening Prayer of the Mass for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.

YOUTH MINISTRY MEAL SERVING AT FAMILY HOUSE IN OAKLAND
    On Wednesday, October 24, 4:15pm—7:00pm, all students in grades 6-12 are welcome to help prepare a meal for the families of local patients who are  residing at Family House in Oakland during their family member’s hospital stay. Call Meredith Troyan.

28th ANNUAL LOVE WALK FOR THE POOR
    On Sunday, November 4, at 2:00pm, our Catholic Diocese will host this year’s Love Walk for the Poor inviting high school students, young adults, and parents to join for prayer and praise and the Sunday Liturgy beginning at 2:00pm at Saint Peter Church, Arch Street, North Side. Contact Meredith Troyan now if you’d like to participate!

OUR AUTUMN BIBLE STUDIES
   In this time of change, we turn to the Scriptures for guidance.  Join us for the Bible Study  “Dashed Hopes:  When Our Best Laid Plans Fall Apart”  on Wednesdays, Oct. 24, Nov. 7 and 14, 7:30pm, Ministry Center Library.  $15/ suggested donation.  Register by calling Andy Bechman now (412-781-0186, ext. 18).
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PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL!
    Our song books carry a lot of weight—literally.  Please carefully place your song book into its holder.  Many of our song book holders have been broken because the books are being dropped into the holders.  Repairing these book holders requires a great deal of time.  Please be careful with your book.


Your donations will support this parish.  If you use a Saint Scholastica Parish envelope when you pray in another area church, your donation will be sent here to support this parish.  Thanks for your generosity!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your October donations of  hot and cold cereals, breakfast bars, hot chocolate packets, and tea packets — and any non-perishable items — are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.     Also, please contact our office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from our parish’s Saint Vincent de Paul Society!

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, then you (or they) are invited to come and explore your questions and your interest.  Please call Mr. Andy Bechman at our parish office or email him here to begin your inquiry and learning.

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re grateful that all of us care for our parish property!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, October 22—Pope Saint John Paul II
   10:00 am   Len Chorney  (The Giuffre Family)
      Presider: Father Dale DeNinno

Tuesday, October 23—Saint John Capistrano, priest
   10:00 am   Lillian Marmarella  (Mr. & Mrs. Ed Hardy)
      Presider: Father Dale DeNinno

Wednesday, October 24—Saint Anthony Mary Claret
   10:00 am   Catherine Koch  (Neighbors & Friends)
      Presider: Father Dale DeNinno

Thursday, October 25
   10:00 am   Bernard Kovalsky  (Eileen McGrath)
      Presider: Father Dale DeNinno

Friday, October 26
   10:00 am   Anthony Fiorentino  (Sisters)
      Presider: Father Dale DeNinno

Saturday, October 27
   5:00 pm   Dr. J. Edward Ricketts  (The Ricketts Family)
      Presider: Father Michael Decewicz

Sunday, October 28 — 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   9:30 am   Luke Hadley  (The Cordaro Family)
      Presider: Father Dale DeNinno
   12:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father Michael Decewicz

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 21, 2018
Sunday:  Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45

Monday:  Ephesians 2:1-10; Psalm 100:1b-5; Luke 12:13-21

Tuesday:  Ephesians 2:12-22; Psalm 85:9ab-14; Luke 12:35-38

Wednesday:  Ephesians 3:2-12; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Luke 12:39-48

Thursday:  Ephesians 3:14-21; Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19; Luke 12:49-53

Friday:  Ephesians 4:1-6; Psalm 24:1-4ab, 5-6; Luke 12:54-59

Saturday:  Ephesians 4:7-16; Psalm 122:1-5; Luke 13:1-9

Next Sunday:  Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered or shelf-stable milk, canned red or black beans,  canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, and dried fruit.  Please leave donations in plastic bags. Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third St.  Thanks!

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION ON WEDNESDAYS
   Every Wednesday, our Christian Meditation Session will be held in the church after the new 10:00am Liturgy.  All are welcome to stay for quiet and prayer!

Please know that you’re welcome in every Liturgy and in every parish of our new grouping as we consolidate into one parish in the coming three years!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Attorney Paul J. Giuffre.  Please see his advertisement for contact information.
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

HAVING A GREAT YEAR AT CDTCA!
    Our regional Catholic elementary school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, has been a consolidated school for more than twenty years and shows that coming together as Catholic Christians can make us stronger in our faith and life!   In these first two months of the school year, CDTCA has been having a great year of faith, learning, activities, and sports.  If you have children or grandchildren, come visit CDTCA and consider joining us this year or next year.  Call the school office (412-781-7927) for info.

OUR NOVEMBER 10  ANNUAL FALL FLING WITH THE CDTCA PTG
    On Friday, November 10, at 6:30pm, in the Fox Chapel Racquet Club (355 Hunt Road), our CDTCA PTG will hold its annual Fall Fling Dinner, Auction, and Dance for adults.  All are welcome to join in this special event and fundraiser for our regional school.  There will be wonderful auction items, good food, and a great evening.  Please call the school office (412-781-7927) for information and tickets!
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ARE YOU WILLING TO WELCOME OTHERS?
    We’re always called to welcome visitors into our churches!   Would you be willing to welcome to parish members from our neighboring parishes on Saturday evening and Sunday morning?
    They will appreciate your words of welcome, and you can help them become familiar with our church and campus.  Your hospitality is very important every Sunday!   Please call the parish office.

WEEKEND RETREAT FOR HEALING
    The Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry will hold a weekend for the healing of women and men affected by the choice to procure an abortion.  This weekend of discussion and prayer will be held November 16-18 at the Ark and the Dove Center, 10745 Babcock Boulevard, north of North Park Lake.  The donation is $175 per person for lodging and meals.  Please contact Toni Jester (412-352-5348) for information.  Please register before November 9.

Welcome everyone!
    We are now 7 days into our On Mission! Initiative in our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. We’re well into our consolidated grouping of parishes. Our combined communities include St. Scholastica Parish, St. Joseph Parish, St. Juan Diego Parish, and St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish. Welcome to all as we gather together!

    Our Saint Scholastica Parish Mission is to continue the work of Christ together as a faith community, through the celebration of the Sacraments, living spiritually in the world, and working to be caring members of the community.  As committed Catholics, we are sent to bear the Light of Christ to transform the world by our devotion, service and witness.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone 412-781-0186, ext. 10           
Fax 412-781-4316
Parish Office hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD

The Episcopal Vicar for Diocesan Region Four
Very Reverend Philip N. Farrell, VE

Administrator of the Lower Allegheny Valley Parish Grouping
Reverend Dale DeNinno    
Senior Parochial Vicars
Reverend Michael Decewicz    
Reverend Paul Merkovsky    
Ext. 10

Parish Office Staff
Receptionist/Safe Environment Coordinator    
Debbie VanDemark    Ext.10

Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP     Ext. 17

Director of Faith Formation
Delia Barr
412-963-8885  x.301

Faith Formation Staff Member
Gina Musser     Ext. 21

Director of Adult Faith Formation and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd     Ext. 18 

Youth Ministry Director
Meredith Troyan     Ext. 20 

Bookkeeper
Amy Condosta     Ext. 11

Facilities Staff
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd     (412)781-7927